Community Harvest Project is the only non-profit in the area dedicated to improving access to healthy foods through community engagement. The organization requested funding through The Fred Harris Daniels Foundation in the amount of $20,000 to be used for general operating support to expand its operations to an additional three acres of farmed land in North Grafton. These funds allowed them to grow hundreds of thousands of pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables which were donated through hunger relief agencies and engage thousands of community members.
Community Harvest Project brings the community together to grow fresh fruits and vegetables on over sixteen acres at Brigham Hill Community Farm and White’s Farm in North Grafton, with all produce donated to reach individuals and families in need in the local community. During the 2013 growing season, over 9,500 community members came to the farms to plant, tend, harvest, wash and box over 324,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables which were all donated for hunger relief in Worcester County. This equates to over one million servings of fresh produce for individuals and families who otherwise may not have access.
Community engagement is the foundational component of CHP’s work. Members of the local community become engaged with the organization through volunteer farming, education, and leadership program and partnerships. CHP’s founding principles embrace 1) the growing of fresh fruits and vegetables; and 2) the building of community by directly engaging volunteers of all ages, all affiliations, and all ability levels in community service, and CHP’s work is only possible with thousands of community members coming together to become part of the healthy solution to hunger.
Photo courtesy of Community Harvest Project and Susan Spencer/Telegram & Gazette Staff
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